Laura Judd Wakeman, 89, who retired in 1950 as principal of Emery and Eckington elementary schools in Washington, died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the Hermitage in Alexandira.

Mrs. Wakeman taught kindergarten in Puerto Rico before coming to Washington in 1914 with her husband, Tyndall W. Wakeman, a government linguist. Two years later, they moved to Colorado, where Mrs. Wakeman was a substitute teacher for about 10 years.

She and her husband returned to Washington in 1923. Having earned a certificate from Hunter College, she returned to school in the 1930s and earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a master's degree from Columbia University in New York City.

She then began working in Washington as a substitute teacher.In the late 1930s, she became principal of Emery and Eckington elementary schools.

After her retirement, she and her husband moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Wakeman became an accomplished weaver. He died in 1962.

She also was active in the United Nations Association of the U.S.A., which honored her with a life membership for her contributions to the U.N. scholarship fund.

Mrs. Wakeman was born in Minneapolis. She had lived at the Hermitage since 1977.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia More of Miami, Fla., and Mary Lesta Carlo of Falls Church; a sister, Eleanor J. Schardt of River Edge, N.J., eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hermitage.